If you thought that politics was a matter of party, with the virtuous Democrats battling to save the Republic from the evil imperial Republicans (or vice versa), you’d have to swallow a mouthful of crow after looking at today’s roll call vote in the Senate to bring the F-22 fighter program to an end.
Read David Swanson of After Downing Street, who does an admirably thorough job detailing the media reaction to Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ announcement of “cuts” to the military budget. Newspapers and cable news outlets have focused on Gates’ plan to cut funding for the F-22 fighter and the dovish-sounding statement by Gates that “Every defense [...]
Americans for Campaign Reform has a fact sheet to put the scandal of Magliocchetti campaign dough for earmark dollars in a broader context. Paul Magliocchetti and his family have funneled $1.5 million to members of Congress over the past twelve years, and that’s a significant outlay compared to what your family or my family could [...]
Last week, the New York Times went all atwitter about a burgeoning corruption scandal in which Paul Magliocchetti used his family and employees at the lobbying firm PMA Group to funnel money to members of Congress on defense appropriations committees. Allegedly, Magliocchetti received choice military contracts for his lobbying clients in return. The Times focused [...]
Federal investigations into the financial activities of Paul Magliocchetti, his family, and his PMA Group lobbying firm are proceeding apace, chugging onward with the slow velocity but strong momentum of a freight train toward the destination of prosecution. The allegations are considerable: that the lobbyist Magliocchetti used his employees and his family as puppet contributors [...]